Charts Don't Lie: June 22
Drake continues his dominance as VIEWS spends its seventh week now at the #1 spot. The 6 God is showing no signs of slowing down, and even a new release from Nick Jonas and a surge from The Cast of Hamilton couldn't dethrone him, although they were enough to nudge Beyonce back a couple spots. Elsewhere, the list looks very similar to previous weeks: Rihanna sticking at the #6 spot, appearances from Kanye, Prince, Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, and The Weeknd.
The "Suicide Squad" Soundtrack Includes Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates & More
The star-studded upcoming film "Suicide Squad" is currently hogging much of this summer's box-office buzz. Based on the DC Comics team of antiheroes who take the same name, "Suicide Squad" will star Jared Leto, Will Smith, Cara Delevigne, Ben Affleck, and more. The film also happens to have quite the soundtrack, featuring number of hip-hop elites as well as some unexpected cross-genre collaborations.
Charts Don't Lie: June 8
Once again, Drake snags the #1 spot this week with VIEWS, his fourth studio album that continues to beat out the competition. Beyonce moves into #3 after an appearance at #4 last week (it should be noted that she also just went Platinum with Lemonade, alongside Future's DS2
The NYC Edition Of Roots Picnic Includes Wu-Tang Clan, D'Angelo, Kevin Gates & More
Among the many festivals that went down this past weekend (although some experienced a few setbacks due to the weather), The Roots' annual Roots Picnic took place in Philedelphia.
Review: Kevin Gates' "Murder For Hire 2"
The current landscape of streaming equivalent-inclusive sales numbers and streaming corporation-backed releases has considerably muddled our perception of commercial success in hip hop this year.
Stream Jim Jones' Album "The Kitchen"
Jim Jones appears to spend most of his time these days lifting weights and playing basketball. But he still makes time in his busy to schedule to record new music. After delivering his Miami Vampin mixtape around this time last year, the Dipset alum delivered his new album this morning: The Kitchen. Jones turns 40 next month. But he's still got it!!
Staff Picks Playlist (May 27)
Perhaps this week's playlist won't be as useful as usual, as most rap fans will likely have GuWop on repeat all weekend in celebration of the Trap God's surprise release from prison yesterday. He had been locked up for three years, and unsurprisingly, he recorded a track on his first day out, aptly titled "First Day Out Tha Feds," produced by his reliable longtime collaborator Mike Will Made-It.
Listen To Kevin Gates "Murder For Hire 2"
Sticking to his word, Kevin Gates comes through tonight and releases his newly-announced Murder For Hire 2 project on iTunes.
Kevin Gates Announces Release Date For "Murder For Hire 2"
It looks the sequel to Kevin Gates’ Murder For Hire project is right around the corner. Moments ago, the Louisiana rapper took to his Instagram to announce that it’s dropping this Friday, just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend. “I really apologize for the wait but Murder for Hire  will be dropping Friday on the 27th,” Kevin Gates said in the IG post.
Top Tracks: May 9 - May 15
In contrast with the first few months of 2015, when it seemed like our Top Tracks lists were just the same Kanye and Drake tracks rising and falling with each ensuing week, the past few editions have been utter chaos, with the #1 spot changing every week. Staying power is proving difficult to achieve in an increasingly crowded summer playing field-- Beyoncé and Birdman's chart-toppers from two and one week ago, respectively, are nowhere to be found this week, although a few of the lower-ranking tracks stuck it out.
Hey Mama: Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa & Others Reveal Their First Big Purchase For Their Mom
Mother's Day has always been one of our most cherished holidays. How do rappers celebrate their mothers? We asked 13 rappers what they bought their mom after they received their first big check. See how they showed their mommas love below and be sure to let your mom know you love her today. *** Ty Dolla $ign "After receiving my first big check, I bought my mom some diamonds and helped fund some updates for her house. I still contribute each day, just so she knows that my appreciation for her has no end."
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Kevin Gates On Kobe Bryant: "That N*gga A Rat"
Last night, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant ended his 20-year career with an incredible 60-point performance in a victory over the Utah Jazz. Sports fans everywhere tearfully watched him put on a show for the last time in the Staples Center, and a noted group of hip-hop elites, including Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Kanye West, appeared courtside for the game to pay their respects.
Kevin Gates Reportedly Claims He Kicked Female Fan In Self-Defense
Kevin Gates is facing battery charges for kicking a female fan in the chest during a performance at a club in Lakeland, FL last August. According to TMZ, he is citing the "Stand Your Ground" law to argue that he was within his rights to kick her.
Kevin Gates Announces "Murder For Hire 2" Mixtape
It looks like fans can start to look forward to an upcoming mixtape from Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates. On Wednesday night, the “2 Phones” rapper revealed that “they,” aka his label, won’t allow him to release another album until next February so he’s going to give his fans the sequel to his Murder For Hire mixtape with DJ Holiday in the meantime.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 9)
Once again, there was a lot going on on Instagram this week. After telling Ellen that she didn't like to put herself in "relationship" categories, Nicki Minaj still kept it real with Meek Mill, who is till under house arrest, by posting up a selfie with the rapper she's been "hanging out" with a lot lately, while Ellen photoshopped herself into one of Minaj's more memorable IG posts from the last little while.
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Announce "The High Road" Summer Tour
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, two of hip hop's most prolific smokers and marijuana advocates, are teaming up for "The High Road" tour that will take them across North America this summer. Joining them for the journey will be Kevin Gates, Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies, and DJ Drama.
Charts Don't Lie: March 30
The Billboard 200 looks real familiar this week, with only one new hip hop release debuting, and very little changing elsewhere on the charts. Rihanna goes from #1 to #3 with her ANTI record, and pretty much everyone else follows her lead by slipping down the charts. Kendrick slides most notably by going from #5 to #16 with his untitled unmastered. project (after debuting at #1 three weeks ago, nevertheless).
Charts Don't Lie: March 9
With the appearance of a brand new #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, each and every hip hop release highlighted below slipped over the past week, with the exception of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who debuted at #4. That's a pretty wild trend to see: Rihanna went from #2 to #3, The Weeknd went from #6 to #12, Kevin Gates went from #9 to #13, so on and so forth.
Kevin Gates Claims Apple Revealed "Islah" Outsold Rihanna's "Anti"
Yesterday, Kevin Gates stopped by DC radio show The Fam in the Morning.